The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman (Paperback)

The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman By Hank Wesselman, Ph.D., Sandra Ingerman, MA (Foreword by) Cover Image

The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman (Paperback)


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In 1996, a revered Hawaiian elder befriended an American anthropologist, and from their rare and intimate rapport, something miraculous emerged. Through the words and teachings of the kahuna wisdom-keeper Hale Makua, Dr. Hank Wesselman was gifted with an enhanced perspective into the sacred knowledge of ancient Hawaii.

Before his passing, elder Makua encouraged Dr. Wesselman to convey much of what had passed between them to the wider world, giving him permission to share his spiritual knowledge. Now, with The Bowl of Light, you are invited to share in the sacred wisdom of one of the world's most powerful indigenous traditions, including:

The Bowl of Light—how we can restore our natural divine radiance
• The three directives of the spiritual warrior—love with humility, live with reverence, and know with self-discipline
• Rituals for communing with nature, receiving wisdom from the spirit world, purifying our consciousness, and more
• The Ancestral Grand Plan—exploring the path our ancestors set in motion millennia ago, and how the Plan is playing out across the world today

Hank Wesselman, PhD (1941–2021), was a paleoanthropologist and shamanic teacher who worked with noted anthropologists investigating the mysteries of human origins in Africa. His many books include Spiritwalker, Visionseeker, and Spirit Medicine. For more, see

Sandra Ingerman, MA, is an award-winning author of 12 books, including Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins, Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of a Shamanic Life, and The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life. She is the presenter of eight audio programs produced by Sounds True. Sandra is a world-renowned teacher of shamanism and has been teaching for close to 40 years. She has taught workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods to our modern culture, addressing the needs of our times.

Sandra is known for gathering the global spiritual community together to perform powerful transformative ceremonies, as well as inspiring us to stand strong in unity so we do our own spiritual and social activism work while keeping a vision of hope and being a light in the world.

She is passionate about helping people to reconnect with nature. Since the 1980s, thousands of people have healed from past and present traumas through the classic cross-cultural shamanic healing method Sandra teaches called Soul Retrieval.

She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional mental health counselor. She is also a board-certified expert on traumatic stress. Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine honored Sandra by including her on its 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People of 2020.

She was awarded the 2007 Peace Award from the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicines. Sandra was chosen as one of the Top 10 Spiritual Leaders of 2013 by Spirituality & Health magazine.

Sandra joined in partnership with Renee Baribeau to do a weekly 30-minute podcast, The Shamans Cave. For more information, visit

Product Details ISBN: 9781604074307
ISBN-10: 1604074302
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: May 1st, 2011
Pages: 288
Language: English

“The book is such a rich banquet of food for thought that you need to put it down regularly to contemplate and digest each tasty morsel. It would be a great book to use as the basis for a study group, and I would love to see a companion volume of the teachings extracted from the narrative. Highly recommended!” —Miriam Knight, New Consciousness Review

“In Bowl of Light , Wesselman composes a masterpiece, sharing Makua's profound talk-story--the indigenous way of imparting wisdom--as the oral tradition is effectively transmitted into the written word. The book is essential for any world wisdom collection and for those on a spiritual path to discover the soul's true heritage, from "the last living holder of this knowledge.” —Bobbye Middendorf, ForeWord Reviews